Subject: [drugawareness] Antidepressants Linked to Postpartum Hemorrhage
Date: Sun, 1 Sep 2013 02:13:03 -0400 (EDT)
From: Dr. Ann Blake Tracy Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com
Antidepressants Linked to Postpartum Hemorrhage By Ann Blake-Tracy
ANTIDEPRESSANT USE LINKED TO POSTPARTUM HEMORRHAGE
How serious an issue is this? The conclusion of this study makes it quite clear: “In an accompanying editorial, Eibert Heerdink, PhD, associate professor of clinical pharmacoepidemiology at the Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Science in the Netherlands, described the study as “especially well-designed” and echoed the investigators’ observation that although the absolute increase in risk is small, it is cause for concern.
“With reported incidences of 2.1 to 8% of all births, Dr. Heerdink notes that postpartum hemorrhage is not an uncommon complication of childbirth and is a leading cause of maternal mortality and morbidity.
“He points out that “even a modest increase of a relatively high baseline risk may have a considerable impact on public health. Pregnant women and their healthcare providers should be aware of the possible risk associate with the use of antidepressants shortly before delivery.”